“While the political rhetoric in our nation may at times be divisive I am encouraged by the united front our law enforcement community has displayed in response to this indescribable act of terror.”
That was Michigan attorney general Dana Nessel, after the arrest of Brian Higgins, the 14th person to be charged in the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Michiganders might expect an act of terror to involve the murder of innocents, such as the 14 slain by Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik five years ago in San Bernardino. In the Michigan case, nobody was killed and no shots fired, yet 14 men are now charged with providing material support for a terrorist act.
As Fox News Detroit reports, federal authorities were able to stop the plot “using secret informants who sometimes wore wires,” and “informants and undercover agents embedded themselves in the groups and secretly recorded what they saw and heard.” According to the FBI, one of the kidnappers said Whitmer “has no checks and balances at all. She has uncontrolled power right now. All good things must come to an end.”
The FBI-generated indictment in Michigan, “has all the earmarks of what has become that corrupt agency’s standard operating procedure,” explains Angelo Codevilla, who spent eight years supervising intelligence agencies for the Senate Intelligence Committee. The FBI’s method is to “place agents among the target group, stoke their sentiments, and lead them to say or do something that could be characterized as a crime, then arrest them and claim credit for foiling a plot.” In intelligence lingo, this is “provocation,” but “in legal terms, it’s entrapment.”
As Codevilla recalls, the FBI once performed dangerous work investigating the Communist Party, but the agency is now “a bunch of lazy bureaucrats eager to serve the ruling class’ prejudices” and limiting its vision to politically correct “profiles.” Under the previous president, the profile of a terrorist was not an Islamic jihadist such as Maj. Nidal Hassan, who murdered 13 and wounded more than 40 at Ford Hood in 2009.
For POTUS 44, the profile was those who distrust the federal government and value their liberty, faith and constitutional rights. In Michigan, as Codevilla notes, the FBI monitored social media for “excess concern for liberty.” Up to that time, no crime could be alleged, only what the FBI considered “a bad attitude.” The FBI now claims credit for uncovering a terrorist plot, and for Gov. Whitmer it was all about Trump.
“Hate groups heard the president’s words not as a rebuke, but as a rallying cry,” proclaimed Whitmer after the arrests. “When our leaders speak, their words matter. They carry weight. When our leaders meet, encourage or fraternize with domestic terrorists, they legitimize their actions and they are complicit. When they stoke and contribute to hate speech, they are complicit.” In similar style, Dana Nessel linked “the political rhetoric in our nation” to “this indescribable act of terror.”
As Michiganders might note, groups such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter have been terrorizing with violence, arson and murder. Witness the killing of Aaron Danielson in Portland, David Dorn in St. Louis, and the ambush shooting of two police officers in Los Angeles. If the FBI has informers and secret agents embedded in these groups, they have failed to prevent their acts of murder and launched few high-profile prosecutions in the style of Michigan.
According to Codevilla, the essence of the trial will be the role of the FBI infiltrator in moving the men from mere talk to allegedly criminal action. When was the infiltrator’s recording device turned on and off, and how do the intermissions and any additions suggest a truly autonomous plot?
“Their lawyers are sure to claim they were victims of entrapment,” Codevilla contends. “If the case comes to trial, I doubt a jury will convict them.” The jury will have to decide “whether the FBI was protecting society from sociopaths or whether it is itself sociopathic.” To all but the willfully blind, some realities are now clear.
The upper reaches of the FBI ran covert operations against candidate Trump and spearheaded a coup attempt against President Trump. To date, only FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith has been charged, for altering a document.
Current FBI boss Christopher Wray denied any “spying” on Trump and has been slow-walking documents in the case of Gen. Michael Flynn. Trump’s national security advisor was entrapped by the FBI in classic style and remains in legal jeopardy despite dismissal of his case by the DOJ, which was also involved in the coup attempt against President Trump. Meanwhile, as the Michigan case plays out, recall how the FBI handled “soldier of Allah” Nidal Hasan.
The FBI had Hasan’s communications to master terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, but someone in the FBI’s Washington office dropped the surveillance. No FBI boss or secret infiltrator stopped the terrorist from committing mass murder. For the president formerly known as Barry Soetoro, Hasan’s act was only “workplace violence,” not even gun violence.
Hasan was sentenced to death in 2013 but at this writing remains alive, an eager supporter of Islamic terrorism. The eleventh anniversary of the Muslim’s indescribable act of terror comes two days after the November 3 election. As President Trump says, we’ll have to see what happens.